HMCS Oriole Backgrounder


HMCS Oriole History:

HMCS Oriole is the oldest ship in the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN). It was built in 1921 as the flag ship for the Royal Canadian Yacht Club in Toronto, ON and commissioned into the RCN in 1952. It weighs approximately 92 tonnes, has a beam of 19.5 feet, and sleeping accommodations for 22. Ketch-rigged, Oriole is a near relative to a schooner, but differs in that its mizzen mast is smaller than its mainmast and is steeped further aft.

When fully rigged, HMCS Oriole set 13,133 square feet of Dacron sail. These tremendous sails are all manhandled; there is not a winch on the ship. Oriole’s hull is steel, however its decks, cabin house, skylights and hatches are all made of teak. Oriole is a sturdy ocean cruiser and valuable for team work and seamanship training. Its participation in racing is primarily to give inexperienced crews further opportunities for training.

Commanding Officer:

Born to a military family in Summerside, PEI, LCdr Foran joined the Royal Canadian Navy in Ottawa at HMCS Carleton in 2003. Prior to joining as  Naval Warfare Officer, he spent several years in civilian tallship sail training programs in the Great Lakes. After completing training in 2006, LCdr Foran served as Deck Officer in HMC Ships Moncton and Shawinigan. On achieving his Fleet Navigating Officer qualification, he served as Navigator in HMC Ships Glace Bay and Moncton. In 2011, LCdr Foran served as a Fleet Navigating Instructor at the Naval Officer Training center where he also taught the inaugural Arctic Operations Course. He served as Operations Officer in HMCS Summerside, and Executive Officer in HMCS Moncton deploying to the Arctic, Caribbean, Mediterranean and West African theatres of Operation. His land based tours include the United Nations Mission in Sudan (Op SAFARI), and Combined Task Force 150 in Bahrain, for which he received a Command Commendation. Prior to assuming command of HMCS Oriole, LCdr Foran worked as Coastal Warfare Officer in Maritime Operations Group Five. He currently resides in Dartmouth with his wife Lesley, where they enjoy sailing and walking his dog Brisbane.